LPGA Marathon Classic. Chella Choi Wins in a Play-Off.

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Chella Choi wins the Marathon Classic in a play-off after she and Ha Na Jang had tied at -14 under par for the tournament.

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Chella fired a last round -5 under par 66 to reach a Marathon Classic total of -14 under par, and to tie long time leader Ha Na Jang at the top of the leaderboard.

Chella was astounded;

“I can’t believe it. I can’t believe, it’s my dreams coming true. Very exciting.”

“I work with my father eight years and somebody say like that’s why I don’t win, just for my caddie.”

“So I’m excited with my father. And, you know, like first time win is hard, but second and third is easier. Hopefully this is a turning point for me.”

“I missed my tee shot, but I don’t have confidence in win, like I don’t have experience of win, so it’s really a little bit nervous.”

“I tried to focus, and my father said, ‘it’s okay. You like draw hole. Try to be patient and make par.’ So I tried to be patient and focus on just trying to make a par. So I made a par, so excited!”

World #2 Lydia Ko, and Shanshan Feng stopped a South Korean clean sweep of the top places, finishing third. They both recorded final rounds of  -4 under par. Lydia and Shanshan finished at -13 under par, just one shot off the play-off.

Lydia was happy with her result;

“I played really solid the front nine, and that’s all I could really do.”

 “I know it would have been great if I could continue that on the back nine, but it just wasn’t going. Four under is I think a good score at the end of the day.”


ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open, Chella & Minjee Lead.

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Chella Choi and Minjee Lee lead the ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open at the end of day 3 at Victoria Golf Club.

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It was a -4 under par 68 Minjee described as a mission, and it has booked her spot in the final group for the second consecutive week, and says playing with a smile on her face is the game-plan;

“Well obviously to make as many birdies as possible but just keep it in play and just keep hitting good shots and getting it close so I can hole the putt, because they weren’t really going in.  I’m happy with 4-under, I’m stoked with 4-under really.  I just play, I think it kind of lightens it up a little bit because I’m smiling all the time.  I have a good chat with my caddie. I think the game plan is always the same.  It’s been working so far, so why change it.”

Chella also enjoys playing, and tries to stay focused, it worked today as she fired a -10 under par 62 which included two Eagles, this was the first time she had accomplished two of them in one round;

Choi is chasing her first victory since turning professional in 2008

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“I try to enjoy playing and just focus on one shot and one shot and just keep putting.  I think if I just always hit the green, I have a lot of birdie chances.  So I focused on just my shot, before the shot and then shot. I don’t know why I played ten under today, it’s just amazing. I made two eagles today, so first time.”

The leaders are at -13 under par for the tournament, and will tee off together tomorrow morning.

Lydia Ko  is in third place at -11 under par following her -3 under par third round 69.

Suzann Pettersen is next at -10 under par, she stumbled through round three carding an even par 72. There are then eight players who are tied in fifth place at -9 under par. The list includes overnight leader, Caroline Hedwall, Morgan Pressel, Amelia Lewis, Holly Clyburn, Karine Icher and Marianne Skarpnord.

Karrie Webb recorded a -4 under par 68 to move to -8 under par, a full five strokes behind the leaders.

Mizuno Classic. Teresa Lu From Taipei Wins.


Teresa Lu, from Taipei won the Mizuno Classic at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club in Japan.

Teresa Lu: Celebrates her Mizuno Classic success

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Teresa Lu shot a fantastic final round of -8 under par 64 to win the Mizuno Classic by two shots, with her -14 under par total.

Second place went to Chella Choi, from South Korea, she finished with a tournament total of -12 under par after her last round -6 under par 66.

The strong Japanese contingent, who started the day in control, lost ground during the final round. Mamiko Higa and Yuki Ichinose both had -2 under par last rounds to end the day at -10 under par, tied in third place.

Defending champion Stacy Lewis had been off the pace all weekend, and a closing round of -2 under par 70 saw her finish in a share of eighth, seven shots behind Teresa.

Wegmans LPGA Championship. Morgan Makes A Move.


Morgan Pressel makes a move in the second round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club, in Pittsford, New York. She now has a two shot lead over her nearest rivals.

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Morgan shot a -2 under par, 70 in the second round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship, to take a two shot lead into the final 36 holes on Sunday. She said she had a comfortable start, despite a slightly wayward driver;

“I got off to a good start, had a birdie opportunity on 10, but didn’t go in and then made one on 11. I started to hit my driver a little bit to the right, but made great par saves on 12 and 13, and then two great birdies on 14 and 15 to get me off to a really good and comfortable start. I hit a couple more drives to the right, which cost me bogeys, wasn’t able to make quite as miraculous saves on those couple of holes. And then the back nine was pretty uneventful. There wasn’t a whole lot that happened out there.  I had some opportunities, made some.  And then the wind picked up on our back nine a little bit and made it a little more difficult, and that side because of how it sits is quite a bit more wet, and so it was a little bit more sloppy on that side than it was on the front nine today.”

Inbee Park trails by two shots after an impressive -4 under par, 68 which tied Michelle Wie for the low round of the day. Inbee is currently tied for second with first-round leader Chella Choi at -4 under-par. Chella finished her second round with a +1 over  par 73.

Inbee thinks it is going to be mentally and physically tough to play 36 holes tomorrow, and said Morgan probably hit the ball pretty straight;

“It feels like just one more round to go, but we have to play two rounds in one day. I think that’s what’s going to be very tough mentally and physically.  It’s something that I really need to handle.  And I need to get really good rest tonight.  And try to be very relaxed and get a lot of sleep. I’m sure she probably hit it very straight to play that well on this golf course. So I gotta try to do that like her tomorrow. I think she was having tough time, but I’m sure she’s type of player that she could always come back, and I think it was about time that she was coming back.  And I think she’s feeling really comfortable around this golf course.”

Chella had a message written on her hand, which kept her focused during her round, she would not reveal what the Korean written message said;

“It’s a secret.”

Jiyai Shin, tied in fourth place has won before playing a final day 36 holes, the last time was at  the Ricoh Women’s British Open last year, in wet and windy conditions, with the tournament’s largest margin of victory, nine strokes. With her mental toughness and ability to grind out two full rounds in one day, Jiyai will be a player to watch on Sunday.

“I know how to play the 36 holes, because I played last year at the British Open with very bad weather. So I know I’m a couple shots behind the lead at the moment, but now I have 36 holes left.  So morning time I checked my physical conditioning and all my skill and maybe I try to hit more aggressive in the afternoon.”

Michelle Wie made a move today, -3 under par, to bring her back to even for the tournament. Using her 3-wood, 2 hybrid or 4 hybrid most of the time off the tee;

” I just try not to be greedy on this golf course, I hit a couple more drivers yesterday, which cost  all my strokes, really cost me for my drivers yesterday.  And on this golf course, even if you have 5‑iron, 6‑iron in, you just have to be in the fairway.”

Wegmans LPGA Championship. Choi Has 1st Round Lead.


Chella Choi, from South Korea, has taken the first round lead at the delayed Wegmans LPGA Championship with an opening round of -5 under par 67, at the Locust Hill Country Club course. The 2nd Major of the year is finally under way, barring more major rainfall.

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The  wet and soggy conditions at Locust Hill Country Club could not prevent Chella from taking a slender one-shot lead at the Wegmans LPGA Championship. She carded six birdies in her first 10 holes and made just one bogey in her opening round, saying she had hit many fairways today;

“I hit a really good driver today, I hit 14 fairways.  So I’m really happy, my goal is just keep fairway.”

Tied in second place at -4 under par are Jiyai Shin, also of South Korea, and Morgan Pressel of America.

Morgan was also happy to have made many fairways;

“I played pretty well out there, I didn’t put myself really in any bad trouble which you can certainly find on this golf course.  I hit a lot of fairways, which you need to do.  I only missed I think two or three maybe, and the couple that I did, I most of the time saved par. I did not hit the ball very well here last year, I was in the rough a lot and I truly think that is kind of what caused it. It was just the many, many shots I had to whack out of the knee-high rough here.”

Alone in fourth spot is Brittany Lincicome, who is a further shot back at -3 under par. Brittany explained her thoughts on why she has had recent struggles with her game;

“For my game I really can’t even pinpoint one specific thing. Like the beginning of the year in the off season I tried taking lessons, and I’m a player that’s kind of more of a feel player.  I just kind of hit it, find it and hit it again. I think I was trying to change too many things at one time, so I kind of stopped doing that.  And then I wasn’t playing well, missed a couple of cuts in a row and lost my confidence. But took last week off to kind of go home and regroup, and you know, just try to remember that, you know, I’ve won five times on the LPGA Tour and I’ve been here before and I can do this. So I was just kind of feeling more confident today and every time I had a par putt or birdie putt I told myself, you’ve been here before, you can do this, let’s make this.  Just try to be more confident.  Even if I’m shooting 100, I’m going to try to be more confident.  That’s the mindset coming into this week.”

Yani Tseng got her first LPGA Tour hole-in-one in Friday’s first round on the par 3 15th, but she did not see it go in;

“No, I see where it was, but I did not see it go in, I had a hard time seeing the ball today.  So I see it was good in the air, so that’s all I needed. I mean after I hit it, I know it was a good shot, but I was just trying to be good distance, and I wasn’t thinking it was going to go in the hole.  I thought it would be perfect. This is my first hole‑in‑one since I turned pro.” 

Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. Chella Choi Trumps Anna Nordqvist.


Chella Choi has the third round lead at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, at the RTJ Golf Trail, Magnolia Grove Crossings Course in Alabama.

Chella Choi of South Korea hits her tee shot on the fourth hole during round three of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic at the Crossings Course at the Robert Trent Jones Trail at Magnolia Grove on May 18, 2013 in Mobile, Alabama.

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Chella shot a second consecutive round of -6 under par 66, to take the lead in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic by just one shot at -17 under par for the tournament.

Anna Nordqvist had an amazing third round of -11 under par 61, which catapulted her up the leaderboard, sharing second place with Jessica Korda at -16 under par.

Jessica had a more modest third round of -3 under par, 69.

Karrie Webb is in fourth spot, she also had a -3 under par 69 in the third round, for her total of -15 under par.

Stacy Lewis, the defending Champion had a wonderful third round of -9 under par 63, which has put her well and truly into contention for this tournament, and retain her title as Mobile Bay Champion. Stacy is now in fifth place at -13 under par, four shots back of the leader.

The CN Canadian Women’s Open, Lydia Leads



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The third round of the CN Canadian Women s Open has an amateur at the top of the leaderboard at the end of the day, the amazing Kiwi Lydia Ko, with a tournament score of -8 under par. The fifteen-year-old World number one amateur Lydia will enter the final round at the CN Canadian Women’s Open with a chance to rewrite the record books. The New Zealander holds a one-shot lead over major champions Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park, Jiyai Shin, and also Chella Choi, who is fighting for her first win, in the last round of play at Vancouver Golf Club on Sunday.

Lydia was very happy to still be at the top of the board, a position way beyond her expectations coming into this event;

“It’s good to stay at the top of the leaderboard, but my first goal was to make the cut and hopefully top-15 or something. But to be up there is just an honor, especially playing against the world’s best. Fifteen year olds don’t lead at an LPGA event all the time. Like I said, I’m very surprised. But I’ve been playing really good golf and I’ve been really confident with my game. Today I tried to have more fun, but my score wasn’t as good, I mean, 72 is better than 73 or any other score, so I’m pretty happy. Tomorrow, I’m just going to try my best. I’ve got to play my own game. I can’t concentrate on what the other players are doing. If they shoot 66 and I shoot 68 and I lose, I can’t control what they do.”

Biggest mover on the day was Stacy Lewis, she began the third round seven strokes behind Lydia and Chella.

“It’s the kind of course if you get some birdies early and kind of get rolling on the par 5s, you can shoot a good number, if you don’t, you’ll be struggling for pars. I mean, it’s a course that you can play well and shoot 1 or 2 under. So it’s just kind of the way the course plays, I think.”

Talking about being beaten by a fifteen year old Stacy admitted it was not good;

“Suzann Pettersen and I were talking about it yesterday and it is kind of because we are working, this is our job, and we’re working full-time on it. It’s not supposed to be her job, and yet she’s beating us. But I think its’ good for the game. She’s obviously playing well, she won an Australian LPGA event earlier in the year, and I played with her actually in Australia. She’s solid. She hits it good, she putts it good, and she’s rolling with the confidence. I say why not. She’s playing good golf, and more power to her.”

Obviously everybody down here in New Zealand is rooting for Lydia, what a truly talented golfer.